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The associate in science degree in applied liberal arts is designed to prepare deaf and hard-of-hearing students to enter and successfully complete a bachelor’s degree in the College of Liberal Arts, which offers majors in advertising and public relations, communication, criminal justice, economics, international and global studies, journalism, museum studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, public policy, and sociology and anthropology.
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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.
The associate in science degree in applied liberal arts is designed to prepare deaf and hard-of-hearing students to enter and successfully complete a bachelor’s degree in the College of Liberal Arts, which offers programs in advertising and public relations, criminal justice, economics, journalism, museum studies, philosophy, political science, professional and technical communication, psychology, public policy, and urban and community studies.
By the end of the first year, students choose a College of Liberal Arts program they wish to enroll in after completing the AS degree. During the second year, students take five professional courses in their chosen liberal arts major. In addition, as a part of their AS course work, students complete five mathematics and science courses to meet the graduation requirements of their program.
The AS degree maximizes the number of credits a student may transfer toward a baccalaureate degree within the College of Liberal Arts. Admission to this program is available throughout the academic year.
ACT: Composite test score of 18 and above.
English: Placement into the College of Liberal Arts’ Written Communication I (0502-110), Written Communication II (0502-111), or Writing Seminar (0502-227) course.
Mathematics: Placement into level C mathematics course. Typically, students entering this program will have completed at least three years of high school mathematics.
Science: Placement into any level D science course numbered 0885-250 or higher. Typically, students entering this program will have completed at least two years of high school science.
To enroll in the College of Liberal Arts, students must have a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher upon graduating with the AS degree in applied liberal arts.
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.
Applied liberal arts, AS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)
|Course||Qtr. Cr. Hrs.|
|0502-110, 111||Written Communication I, II||8|
|NTID Social Science‡||3|
|0515-210||Foundations of Sociology||4|
|0514-210||Introduction to Psychology||4|
|0507-301||Modern American History||4|
|Mathematics and Science courses§||12|
|Liberal Arts Concentration*||12|
|Mathematics and Science courses§||8|
|0505-213||Fine Arts/Visual Arts||4|
|Arts of Expression||4|
|Total Quarter Credit Hours||92|
* Please see College of Liberal Arts Concentration Requirements chart for more information.
† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.
‡ Students will take five courses in a College of Liberal Arts professional area of study.
§ Students will take five specific mathematics and science courses as required by their chosen professional area.
Applied liberal arts, AS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|NSCI-250||LAS Perspective 6†||3|
|NTID LAS: NTID Mathematics‡||3|
|NTID LAS Elective§||3|
|LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar||3|
|ENGL-150||LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar||3|
|PSYC-101||LAS Perspective 4: Introduction to Psychology||3|
|HIST-102||LAS Perspective 3: Themes in US History||3|
|SOCI-102||LAS Perspective 1: Foundations of Sociology||3|
|FNRT-100||LAS Perspective 2: Introduction to Visual Arts||3|
|LAS Immersion 1, 2, 3||9|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||60|
Please see New NTID General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.
* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.
† NTID science course numbered NSCI-250 or higher, or College of Science course required by chosen professional area.
‡ Mathematics and science courses as required by chosen professional area.
§ NTID course numbered NCOM-201 or higher, or NHSS-260 or higher.
** Four courses in a College of Liberal Arts professional area of study.